It's obviously meant to be ironic but I actually knew a case like that. There twas this guy who was no looker, but got a huge charisma boost when an mildly attractive girl followed him like a stray puppy. The short of it is she was the new girl in town and while his intentions for showing her around were less than noble she appreciated having someone to make her feel comfortable, spending so much time with him and few others she probably developed some kind of Stockholm's.
Which did something for his confidence because he got a lot more loud and crude when they started dating and she still stuck with him even when he'd talk down to her in front of others, then he tested his luck by hitting on another attractive new girl in front of her and everyone.
They broke up but what's funny is they stayed friends, she stayed single and he went through 2 more girls out of his league.
Everyone asked why she did herself like that so long and she just sort of shrugged.
In her head there was no other choice, and so in his head he imagined himself Eros. Love, man. Not even once.